On this episode, I chat with a professional dancer from India. She shares her love for dance and how it helped her cope with the loss of her father.

English Level: B2 🇮🇳🇨🇦

Show Notes:

  1. Introduction (0:21)
  2. What was it like to grow up in India? (1:01)
  3. How did dance help you as a young girl? (6:20)
  4. Can you tell us about your artform? (7:28)
  5. What have you learned from this artform? (9:39)
  6. Sneha talks about a difficult day she had (13:47)
  7. How do you deal with being so far away from home? (17:09)
  8. Sneha talks about losing her father to COVID (17:52)
  9. What is your message to someone who has experienced loss? (26:10)
  10. What will you remember most about your father? (28:33)

Vocabulary Words:

  1. Repress (verb): restrain, prevent, or inhibit (the expression or development of something).
  2. Condition (verb): train or accustom to behave in a certain way or to accept certain circumstances.
  3. Complain (verb): express dissatisfaction or annoyance about something.
  4. Compassion (noun): sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others.
  5. Overwhelming (adj): (especially of an emotion) very strong.
  6. Grief (noun): intense sorrow, especially caused by someone’s death.
  7. Resilience (noun): the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness.
  8. Inevitable (adj): certain to happen; unavoidable.

Phrases to Remember:

  1. Man up: be brave or tough enough to deal with a difficult or unpleasant situation.
  2. Magical spell: a verbal formula believed to have magical force.
  3. To feel grounded: you’re present in your body and connected with the earth. When you’re grounded, you allow yourself to feel centered and balanced no matter what’s going on around you.
  4. To get carried away: lose self-control.
  5. Practice what you preach: to act according to the way one tells other people to act
  6. To scar someone: to leave a permanent physical/emotional mark on someone’s body/mind.
  7. Coping mechanism: an adaptation to environmental stress that is based on conscious or unconscious choice and that enhances control over behavior or gives psychological comfort.
  8. To send off: a celebratory demonstration of goodwill at a person’s departure.

Mistake to Avoid:

Comprehension Questions:

  1. (True or False) Crying helped her development as a child.
  2. When did Jorge realize it’s ok to cry?
  3. How long has Sneha practiced her dance form?
  4. What are the three levels of Sneha’s approach?
  5. What has the pandemic done to Sneha?
  6. (True or False) The first lockdown began on the day of Sneha’s birthday.
  7. What was the last thing Sneha’s father asked her for?


Question to consider:

What have you done to help you deal with the loss of a loved one?


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Sneha with her father

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